New Course Offering Spring 2018

Do you have a passion for social justice and education? Check out this new course opportunity being offered this Spring 2018: Making Change By Making Movies!

Digital Flyer- Making Change By Making Movies

Educational Technology and Entrepreneurs

Teachers are consummate entrepreneurs: Constantly assessing the situation, identifying a problem to be solved, generating cost-effective solutions, and piloting them.

Now more of us are moving into the real turf of entrepreneurs and creating start ups that might help others solve the problems they are facing.

At Twin Cities Start Up Week you can learn more about how to do this, what not to do, and meet the others who are swimming in these waters.

Join us this week in these awesome official Ed Tech & Training Track events being held through the week! Be sure to register for each event.

  1. Ed Tech Founders Forum

  2. Protecting Your Tech Startups Most Valuable assets- I.P.

  3. Demo Night: Team from Startup Weekend Education and Other EdTech Startups (this one is at StKate’s!)

  4. How Do I Get My EdTech Startup Funded?

Register now while tickets last. Also join us this Sunday for our official Opening Night Party!  We can’t wait to see you during Twin Cities Startup Week!

Here is an introduction from one of our favorite recent innovations from Twin Cities teachers: Insert Learning

insert learning

Grok Code Quest October 30, 2017–December 3, 2017


Who loves a good challenge? Grok Code Quest is a competition for all coders from beginners to experts running for five-weeks straight! It focuses on the Python coding language.

Teachers, you can sign up your students and students are also able to compete individually at home! To learn more about this great learning opportunity, see the Grok Code Quest website (link opens to Grok Code Quest site).

Welcome Dr. Elizabeth Whalen


The Education Department extends a warm welcome to new faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen!

In 2011, Dr. Whalen received the Medtronic Minnesota Science Teacher of the Year award and served as the 2013 Siemen’s STEM Institute Fellow representing Minnesota at the Discovery Education Center in Maryland.  Her experiences in the classroom and being a Siemen’s Fellow helped to foster her passion for bringing STEM to K-12 classrooms. Her dissertation research explored teachers’ beliefs about STEM integration and how these beliefs influence teachers’ practices and student achievement in the classroom.

Recently as of this August 2017, Dr. Whalen co-authored an article titled The Evolution of Teacher Conceptions of STEM Education Throughout an Intensive Professional Development Experience. (Link opens abstract)

Dr. Whalen’s current research has focused on exploring the attitudes and beliefs teachers hold about cultural diversity and teaching culturally diverse students. Past and current projects include designing and teaching graduate-level coursework intended to help teachers develop culturally relevant pedagogy for their classrooms, working with in-service science teachers to develop and implement integrated STEM curricula, leading STEM integration professional development for in-service science teachers, and working with administration and teachers to develop STEM programming in their schools.

She graduated with a major in biology and a minor in psychology from Augustana College and received her teaching certification from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She taught for 10 years: 2 in Kotzebue, AK; 1 in Lincoln, NE; and 8 in Litchfield, MN.

Dr. Whalen continued her education earning her M.Ed. from Saint Mary’s University in the Twin Cities and completed her PhD in Spring 2017 at the University of Minnesota in the Curriculum and Instruction in STEM Education PhD program.

Welcome Dr. Whalen to our department and St. Catherine University!

Adventures in Coding

Kathy Lopec

Kathy Lopac pictured on the far right at a Code Kitty event

In the fast paced digital world we live in today, educators need to support creative hands-on learning options that prepare students to work in the digitally-based collaborative work environments of tomorrow.
St. Kate’s offers certificate programs that allow women, men, and teachers the opportunity to learn how to expand the capacity of children to become literate in computational thinking and coding, the new language of power.
St. Kate’s graduate student, Kathy Lopac, had a blast learning to code this past year. Travel along with Lopac on this journey via the website she created to inspire others to join her: The Year I Learned to Code.




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